SIXTH GRADE CURRICULUMSixth Grade Seventh Grade Eighth Grade
Middle School at ACS is designed to nurture the whole child. All aspects of the curriculum, including extracurricular opportunities, are intended to help students see and experience God in their everyday lives. In 6th grade, it is our goal to equip students to navigate the middle school years in a positive and Christ like manner, starting in the fall with an overnight camp experience and continuing throughout the entire school year as we grow together as a classroom community.
Bible: We use CSI’s newest curriculum, Walking With God and His People. Our year starts with a study of the inspiring book of Colossians, followed by a unit entitled “The Setting of God’s Story” which provides the backdrop for the remainder of our year via Old Testament character review, revisiting the Books of the Bible, Biblical timelines, etc. We then delve into the New Testament, picking up with Jesus’ life and ministry through his death and resurrection. Following a unit on Pentecost, we explore Paul’s Missionary Journeys. Sixth graders have many opportunities for personal growth and response through writing our class devotional book, creating graphic faith expressions, completing and presenting projects, and writing letters to missionaries.
Language Arts: This subject aims to develop strong skills in all facets of language arts. The spelling component expands on phonics skills while promoting contextual comprehension and higher-level thinking skills. Over the course of the year, sixth graders engage in two in-depth novel studies which address a wide array of language arts skills as well as allow for faith-based discussions. In addition, grammar, writing projects and independent reading requirements all combine to provide a well-rounded language arts experience.
Math: We use Connected Mathematics from Prentice Hall. Connected Mathematics encourages not only memorization but also understanding of and critical thinking about mathematical concepts. The units we study in 6th grade focus on factors and multiples; operations with integers; using percentages; operations with fractions and decimals; shapes and angles and their relationships; and data collection and statistical analysis. Through our study of math, we are able to learn a little more about our amazing Creator God.
Science: Middle School Science is taught from the Biblical perspective of creation (Genesis 1) and God as the Creator of our magnificent universe. In sixth and seventh grade science we use the Battle Creek Science curriculum. This curriculum is a hands-on, problem-solving based curriculum, in which students learn through activities and experiments. In 6th grade we learn more about God’s creativity in the various forms of energy and how they relate to our everyday lives. We also learn about how God has designed our Earth’s surface to continually change through various forces and the rock cycle.
Social Studies: We begin middle school Social Studies with the Prentice Hall World Studies curriculum. In sixth grade, our first unit is all about the climates, geography, cultures, and social interactions throughout the world and how they are all related. We then focus on the Western Hemisphere with a unit on North American followed by a unit on Latin America. In all units throughout the year, we use the lens of our Christian faith to analyze past decisions to help us learn how to make future decisions.
Physical Education: Sixth Grade students receive two forty-five minute sessions of PE each week. Many different activities and sports are used in order for students to find areas they enjoy and excel. Students should be using the skills learned successfully in modified games and activities. Art: Sixth Grade students receive forty-five minutes of art instruction each week. In sixth grade there is an emphasis on working as a team on projects. It is tricky to learn to “let go” of their own ideas and compromise as a team. This helps them start to see what is important to them in their art and what is ok to compromise.
Music: Sixth Grade students receive three forty-five minutes classes of band instruction as well as forty-five minutes of choir instruction each week. Choral and Instrumental Repertoire, Essential Elements 2000, and Standard of Excellence are sources for curriculum. Students learn to sight read choral and instrumental music and to sing and play music with good breath control. Students sing music in two parts and learn to sing and play music with expression and technical accuracy.
Computers and Technology: Sixth Grade students receive one forty-five minute class of computer instruction each week. Student learning is focused on preparing students for responsible use of technology in the 21st century. Students use various educational websites and software programs to do research, show creativity, problem solve situations, and share information with others. A great deal of the instruction is integrated with core class material.